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Defeat "Operation Save America" in Wichita

Your help is needed to defend women's health clinics in Wichita. The anti-abortion group "Operation Save America" (formerly "Operation Rescue") is organizing a national mobilization to descend on Wichita July 13-21, 2001. Ten years ago, they went to Wichita and were able to shut down clinics for several weeks, with very little pro-choice opposition. Their present Call says "The time has come for another generation to prepare for the battle, and be ready to fight.It is time to go back. This time we finish it."
Your help is needed to defend women's health clinics in Wichita. The anti-abortion group "Operation Save America" (formerly "Operation Rescue") is organizing a national mobilization to descend on Wichita July 13-21, 2001. Ten years ago, they went to Wichita and were able to shut down clinics for several weeks, with very little pro-choice opposition. Their present Call says "The time has come for another generation to prepare for the battle, and be ready to fight.It is time to go back. This time we finish it."

With three abortion doctors, one escort, and three clinic workers throughout the U.S. murdered by anti-abortion protesters and many others injured, OSA's call to "Go back to Wichita and finish it!" can't be interpreted as anything but a threat.

As they did ten years ago, OSA plans in particular to target Dr. George Tiller of Wichita's Women's Health Services Clinic. Dr. Tiller is one of only a handful of doctors who provide late term abortions, and has long been a strong and public advocate of a woman's right to choose. He has been a prime target of the anti-abortion forces -- in August 1993, Dr. Tiller was shot outside his clinic. He returned to work the next day and continues to provide safe abortion care to women who need them.

Operation Save America represents one of the most reactionary arms of the anti-choice movement. They train and rally their troops to harass and terrorize women going into abortion facilities and try to close clinics by blockading the doors. They block access to clinics, picket doctors' homes, and hold protests outside of gay bars and progressive churches. "Operation Save America" is not just anti-choice. They have a whole repressive agenda which they seek to force on society, and they see the anti-abortion movement as the 'gateway' to achieve their overall goals.
Anti-abortion leader the Reverend Keith Tucci has said, "The most effective money and energy spent is in pro-life activism. It brings more people into the kingdom than any mission and it's the best way to disciple the culture." For more info check their Web site (www.jesusisthestandard.com).

"Operation Save America" makes it clear what we are up against. We need to take to the front lines of this battle and build a national movement of resistance to these kinds of attacks. A national mobilization by "Operation Save America" demands a national response. It is up to the whole pro-choice community to build more support for abortion providers, and counter the anti-women forces wherever they attempt to go on the offensive. From the clinic door to the gay bars -- wherever the anti's go with their message of hate and repression, we will be there voicing our opposition to their fundamentalist agenda and with a message of support for women's right to choose abortion.

It has been repeatedly proven that we can not look to the courts, cops, or politicans to protect abortion rights. We must rely on ourselves. We will not allow Operation Save America to shut down our clinics, harass and murder our abortion providers, or control women's lives!

To the racists and women-haters -
To the gay-bashers and welfare slashers -
To the prison-builders and executioners -
We say: The future is not yours!
We will Refuse & Resist!

To hook up or send donations:
Refuse & Resist!
Reproductive Freedom Task Force
RFTF (at) refuseandresist.org
305 Madison Ave. suite 1166
New York, NY 10165
212-713-5657
www.refuseandresist.org
 
 

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